There are many different reasons you may want to create a living trust, and your attorney may decide to supplement your will with a living trust. However, in most cases, a living trust does not replace the need for a will. Your attorney may decide that creating a living trust is essential to your overall estate planning needs.
A living trust does not have to go through probate, and your living trust is not a part of public record, as your will is. A living trust may be a good idea to help you address setting aside enough money for a child or incapacitated adult who is unable to take care of her own finances. You can give your trustee specific instructions for distributing money to a guardian to address those special concerns.
Your attorney may decide that a living trust is unnecessary to meet your estate planning goals because other instruments, such as payable on death accounts, may address them. After discussing your needs with your estate planning attorney, your attorney can discuss the benefits with you. You can contact our office today to discuss whether a living trust is appropriate for your individual estate planning needs. If you contact our office we can help you determine the costs and benefits of creating a living trust as part of your estate planning documents.
Check in with us tomorrow to read Part 3 of An Insider’s Guide to Living Trusts in New York.